CAIR Asks Fox News to Drop Contributor Who Tweeted 'Kill' All Muslims

WASHINGTON, April 16, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on Fox News to sever ties with a contributor who tweeted "Let's kill them [Muslims] all" in response to yesterday's deadly Boston Marathon bombings.

CONTACT FOX: (As always, be POLITE and respectful.)
http://tinyurl.com/CONTACTFoxNews

CAIR, which issued a call for prayers and blood donations for the victims, says regular Fox News contributor Erik Rush tweeted his "kill them all" comment after being asked, "Are you already blaming Muslims?" He responded, "Yes, they're evil. Let's kill them all." Rush later deleted his tweet, calling it "sarcasm." In subsequent tweets, he called critics of the "kill" comment "idiots," "Islamic apologist worms" and "vermin."

SEE: Fox Regular Erik Rush Says 'Kill' Muslims after Boston Marathon Explosions (UPI)
http://tinyurl.com/bm63ylf

American Muslim Reaction to Boston Bombings:

Video: CAIR Urges Americans to Pray for Boston Marathon Bomb Victims
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIZbe-jms5g

CAIR-MI: Muslim Group On Marathon Bombings: Don't Rush To Judge (CBS)
http://tinyurl.com/d8gfe94

CAIR: American Muslims Condemn Boston Marathon Bombings
http://tinyurl.com/bq9jjvs

CAIR-CT: Conn. Muslims to Join in Prayers for Bomb Victims
http://tinyurl.com/cggog7k

CAIR-St. Louis: Mo. Interfaith Community to Pray for Victims of Boston Bombings
http://tinyurl.com/csz2e9s

"No media outlet that wishes to be viewed as objective or credible should employ an individual who calls for religious genocide," said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. "We urge Fox News to signal its rejection of bigotry and hatred by dropping Mr. Rush from its contributor list."

He added: "The actions of an individual or individuals —- no matter who the culprit is —- should never be used to cast racist or bigoted stereotypes on an entire race, ethnicity or religion. Doing so is not only unacceptable in journalism, but unacceptable as Americans."

Awad noted that Rush has written commentaries attacking the faith of Islam. Last year, he wrote an article, titled "Yes, Islam is an enemy," arguing that Islam is incompatible with American society.

SEE: Fox News Pundit Erik Rush Provokes Furious Reaction with Twitter Rant after Boston Marathon Bombs
http://tinyurl.com/d6d3jyo

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, E-Mail: ihooper@cair.com

SOURCE Council on American-Islamic Relations



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